I have a site with different custom post types, I have two "index pages" for each one of these (where I query the posts and show) and also I include a search form on both of them. So the thing is that search forms goes by default to the search.php template, to filter search and show results only for that custom post type I'm using a hidden field on form:

<input type="hidden" name="post_type" value="staff" />

but then on the search I'd like to provide a "back" link to allow the user to go back to the index page, the thing is that I can't find an if statement that works to show different "back to" links depending of the custom post type searched.

Example: If I search for News then I'd like to have a back to News index button If the search is on Staff the button shown has to be back to Staff index.

I appreciate any help guys!

  • Yes, Jaypee's answer is right. Check here for some sample code to play with search results and custom post types. kvcodes.com/2014/07/…
    – user56376
    Commented Jul 10, 2014 at 5:17
  • It's not an answer, rather better suited as a comment. Commented Jul 10, 2014 at 6:09
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    – gmazzap
    Commented Jul 10, 2014 at 7:22

1 Answer 1


So I have found the solution, I leave it here if anyone needs something like this in the future.

On your search form add a hidden field:

<input type="hidden" name="post_type" value="post_type_name" />

Then on your search.php file add the following WITHIN the loop:

    if(isset($_GET['post_type'])) {
        $type = $_GET['post_type'];
        if($type == 'post_type_name_1') {?>
        <!--Your Code for this post_type-->         
        } elseif($type == 'post_type_name_2') {?>
             <!--Your Code for this post_type-->
        <?php }


  • maybe they changed that, but i had to write $_GET['post_types']) instead of $_GET['post_type']). note the 's'. so you now can submit multiple post-types, simply separate those with a comma.
    – honk31
    Commented Aug 18, 2015 at 12:45

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